March 9, 2011

UConn Defeats Holy Cross in Florida

from press release

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Behind multi-goal performances from four players, the University of Connecticut lacrosse team got back on the winning track today, as the Huskies defeated Holy Cross, 11-7 at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. The Huskies improve to 4-1 on the season, while Holy Cross is now 1-5.

M.E. Lapham (Cazenovia, N.Y.) led UConn with three goals during the contest, including two in the opening half. The Crusaders posted the first goal of the game less than four minutes in, but the Huskies answered with five straight goals to open up a 5-1 lead with seven minutes left to play in the first half. Stefanie Burra (New Fairfield, Conn.) put the Huskies on the board in the ninth minute of the first half, and was followed by two goals from Lapham and a pair from Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.).

The Crusaders and the Huskies traded goals during the final minutes of the first half, with UConn taking a 6-2 advantage into the break.

UConn opened the second half with three unanswered goals in the first five minutes to put the Huskies out to a 9-2 lead, with two coming from Lauren Sparks (West Chester, Pa.) who also notched a caused turnover during the contest. The Crusaders were able to string together back-to-back goals in the middle of the second half, bringing the score within five at 9-4, but Mackenzie Rainone (Syracuse, N.Y.) sparked the UConn offense once again, tallying her second goal of the game in the 12th minute of the second half.

Holy Cross didn't back down though, as the Crusaders put up three straight goals to put the score at 10-7, UConn with four minutes left to play. The Husky defense held strong during the final minutes, as they kept Holy Cross off the board and Lapham tallied her third goal of the game with just 45 seconds left, to give the Huskies the 11-7 victory.
Brittney Testa (Bridgewater, Vt.) made 12 saves for the Huskies against the Crusaders, while Jessica Mucci (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) led the UConn defense with three draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Megan Lally (Westwood, Mass.) and Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) combined for five caused turnovers, while Kahn also posted one draw control and one ground ball.

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